“Voices of Youth – Moab” is a radio project designed to connect teenagers with the history, folklore, people and issues of their culture and community. The results are reciprocal: participating youth learn about their community, while their community is shown hidden elements that make up its unique character.
Voices of Youth began in 1999 as a program of the Western Folklife Center (WFC) in Elko, Nevada. It was originally created under the direction of WFC director Hal Cannon by WFC artistic director Meg Glaser, radio producer Jack Loeffler and photographer Bruce Hucko. The program was repeated in 2000. Selected photo and audio work from “Voices of Youth – Elko” travels the state through the Nevada Arts Council. You can hear selections from 1999 atwww.westernfolklife.org/voy. Voices of Youth then traveled to Fresno, California for two summers (2001 and 2003) under the auspices of the Fresno Arts Council in partnership with the WFC.
In 2002, Bruce Hucko received a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America grant and used it to launch “Voices of Youth – Moab.” With special funding from KZMU as well as a few private donors, Hucko conducted a second summer program in 2004. This set the stage and interest for a Voices of Youth course at Grand County High School. In 2005, the Summer RadioWORK project was begun. Five students from the high school course are invited to spend part of their summer making radio. Thanks to local funding, each participant is paid $7/hour for 80 to 100 hours.
“Voices of Youth – Moab” hopes to partner with the local library, history museum as well as sources outside of Moab so teens can continue to creatively document life in Moab.
“Voices of Youth – Moab” would like to thank: the staff, board and volunteers at KZMU, the Western Folklife Center, Peter and Anne Lawson, Colin Fryer, Jack Loeffler, Sound Partners for Community Health, The Benton Foundation, Mara Shurgot, Candee Pearson and Bon Kelly.
PO Box 201
Moab, UT 84532